Standardized Tests

Let Our Independent College Counselors Help With Your AP Tests

The pandemic upended the way teachers prepare students and the ways exams are given. Your independent college counselor can show you new options for flexibility and enhanced preparation in 2021. Here are the changes at a glance: Due to COVID precautions, students have the option of taking tests in school Read More…

Ask Your Personal College Counselor About Changes to the SAT (and What They Mean for You)

College Board, the maker and administrator of the SAT exam, announced in January that they will no longer offer SAT subject tests or the test version with an essay. Your personal college counselor can discuss scenarios that might impact you if you’ve already registered: Students currently registered for an upcoming Read More…

Your College Essay Writing Tutor Is More Important Than Ever Before

What are schools looking for in 2021? Do SAT and ACT exam scores still matter? The pandemic forced admissions committees to confront an evolving consensus about standardized entrance exams in recent years. The COVID pandemic accelerated a shift that had already begun at some universities. Your own San Diego private Read More…

Your Personal College Counselor Knows “Test-Optional” Schools

Test Optional Gains Traction Are college entrance exams really getting kicked to the curb, tossed out, rendered obsolete, “retired?” Word on the street, in academic corridors and across the nation’s college campuses, suggest a definitely maybe. “There are now well over 1,000 colleges and universities that don’t require SAT or Read More…

Your Independent College Counselor Helps You With What Schools Look For

What do colleges expect? Our college admissions counselors say “What are schools looking for?” is one of their most commonly-asked questions. How do I get into my dream school? What about my safety school? What if I don’t have what it takes to get into college? College acceptance rates and Read More…

Ask Your College Counselor: How to Avoid Test Anxiety

Developing Bad Habits As students gain academic experience, they cannot help but develop coping mechanisms or “bad habits,” which they wholly believe will enable their survival under the competitive pressure of college admissions. These behavioral patterns often serve them well…until they don’t. For better or worse, we mimic the behavior of Read More…

Make the Most of Summer Break With Your Private College Counselor

What about Summer? Thinking about a blissful summer sojourn, not the summer SAT? Perhaps a six week program with Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth, the Young Writer’s Camp at UCSD, playing some Park and Rec club soccer or tennis, jet setting around the globe, or just gaming with friends Read More…

Ask Your College Counselor: Changes from Betsy DeVos

While many Americans vocalize optimism for the advancement of voucher programs and Charter Schools under the potential Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos, or express fear of her lack of educational experience and diminished advocacy of public schools, the ultimate authority of public education will continue to reside with local control Read More…

Get ACT/SAT Test and Essay Help Early With Your Personal College Counselor

“I’m so sorry, but it’s too late. She simply doesn’t have the numbers.” The vacant stares and suppressed tears are almost as devastating for me as a college counselor and educator as the genuine despair of the family that arrives on my doorstep during their teen’s senior year. Sadly, by Read More…

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